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Resist & Record: Activist Films from the Modern Era of Protest

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MFA Social Documentary Film presents a program of activist films from the modern era of protest. As we all work to shine a light on the social ills that surround us, and we strive to make a difference, students around the country turn their cameras on. See some of the work we’ve made at SVA’s MFA SocDoc and at BFA Film surrounding the last few months of protest: Standing Rock, Women’s March, Yemeni Bodega Strike, Funeral for the Presidency, and the general tenor of resistance.


*Many filmmakers present for Q&A. Revolution, Tea & Cookies to follow the screening.


Political Animated gifs by Louisa Bertman (MFA Visual Narrative)

“Best of Luck with the Wall” (2016)
By Josh Begley; Run time: 7 minutes
A voyage across the US-Mexico border, stitched together from 200,000 satellite images. (Courtesy of Field of Vision)

“Death of a Presidency”* (2017)
By Caroline Berler, Rebecca Benson and Melanie McLean Brooks; Produced by Rose Vincelli Gustine; Run time: 3 minutes
On a sunny Saturday over Presidents' Day weekend, Gays Against Guns artist & activist Jay W. Walker leads a New Orleans-style funeral procession in New York City. Mourning the death of the Presidency, he and hundreds of collaborators use performance art as political action, expressing their opposition to Donald Trump's policies. (SVA MFA Social Documentary)

“See Me Protest, Hear Me Roar”* (2017)
Edited By Lifei Diao; Camera: Nottapon (Kai) Boonprakob, James Stuart, Ana Montgomery-Neutze, Hanna Nordenswan; Produced by Rooj Alwazir, Rose Vincelli Gustine; Run time: 5 minutes
Combining footage from two important NYC-based protests, the Women’s March in January and the General Strike Protest in February, this film profiles the different characters who have come together to oppose the recent Executive Actions of Donald Trump. (SVA MFA Social Documentary)

“White Buffalo Calf Woman”* (2016)
By Jessie Adler; Run Time: 5 minutes
In resistance of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Ursula Aldrich-Young Bear leads a prayer walk to the police blockade on North Dakota Route 1806 outside of the Oceti Sakowin Camp. Recalling White Buffalo Calf Woman, a sacred Lakota omen of change, Ursula calls on the women of camp to honor traditional tribal gender roles and lead the fight to protect the water. (SVA MFA Social Documentary)

“Women’s March, NYC” *(2017)
By Atarah Jeffers; Run time: 3 minutes
This short film covers the enthusiasm and diversity showcased in the faces of those who attended the historic Women’s March of 2017. (SVA MFA Social Documentary)

“Yemeni Bodega Strike”* (2017)
By Bella Racklin and Rooj Alwazir; Run Time: 3 minutes
On February 2, 2017, the Yemeni owners of over 1000 bodegas in New York City went on strike - for the first time ever - to protest President Donald Trump's "Muslim Travel Ban." (SVA MFA Social Documentary)

“Women’s March”* (2017)
By Jessie Adler, Hanna Nordenswan, Bella Randle-Racklin, Ziyu Tang; produced by Mari Meyer, Andrea Weeks; Run time: 7minutes
Two different generations of feminists find a common cause in the Women's March on Washington. (SVA MFA Social Documentary)

“Women’s March on NYC”* (2017)
Photographed by: Alexander Bliss, Alex Echevarria, Nicco Joseph, Ameer Kazmi, Chris Lawless, Miwa Sakulrat, Godfred Sedano; Edited by: Godred Sedano; Color Correction and Sound Design by: Chris Lawless; Produced and Directed by: Joan Brooker-Marks; Run time: 5 minutes
A day at the Women’s March. (SVA BFA Film)

“Theo Mighty”* (2017)
Directed, Produced, Edited by Donaiko A. Joseph; Run time: 4 minutes
Theo Mighty (25) spends most of his time painting narratives of black people in America. His artwork highlights both police brutality and also the beauty and culture of black people. (SVA BFA Film)

“Concerned Student 1950”* (2016)
A Film by Adam Dietrich, Varun Bajaj and Kellan Marvin; Run time: 32 minutes
A series of racist acts prompts three University of Missouri students to pick up cameras and take us inside Concerned Student 1950, the student movement whose peaceful protest brought down the college president. (Courtesy of Field of Vision)

“Utica”* (2016)
Nadia deLane; Run time: 7minutes
UTICA is a film about thought. (MFA Visual Narrative)


Image: Standing Rock procession, Jessie Adler

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